UU View - Service Week 11/22/2020



Dear UUFF, 
I send you my deep care in this time of changing seasons and tumultuous days. I continue to hold all of you in my prayers–as you lead your communities in these fraught times. 
 While there is very hopeful news about the efficacy of new coronavirus vaccines, there is still cause for serious concern. Given the dramatic surge in cases, we reiterate our recommendation for congregations to plan to gather virtually through May 2021. We have made some updates to our Guidance on Gathering, including revised prevention measures and how decisions can be guided by our values. 
 As the holiday season approaches, I feel the grief of not being able to physically be with family and friends. While the longing to be together is real, so too is the way in-person gatherings increase risk. This pandemic is a vivid reminder that our decisions impact those around us—not only our loved ones, but those most vulnerable, including weary healthcare and essential workers. This is why we continue to lean into our values of collective care and interdependence. 
 The way that Unitarian Universalists are living our values is my greatest source of hope at this moment. Whether we are adapting to safely minister to one another or responding to the urgent demands of our world, UUs everywhere are showing up and making a difference. 
 I continue to celebrate joyfully everyone who voted in this critical election and all who overcame the extreme voter suppression. Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people were especially targeted but they still made their voices heard. Across the country, UUs showed up to protect the integrity of the electoral process, as election workers, poll monitors and election defenders. UU the Vote and local grassroots partners—including in contested states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia—helped mobilize historic voter turnout! 
 The way that Unitarian Universalists are living our values is my greatest source of hope at this moment. 
Even as we recognize the scope of our work, I am aware of how incredibly difficult these last four years have been. And the election cycle is still laden with fraudulent claims. The President is spreading pernicious misinformation that is dangerous to our democracy. His thwarted attempts to discount votes in Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Milwaukee amount to trying to steal the electoral count and are deeply rooted in anti-Black racism. Election Defenders is a core organization to volunteer with to help protect the vote in states around the country, including important virtual actions. 
We must not let these corrupt efforts overshadow the fact that the election results are a win for democracy and the will of the people. This is a time to remember our collective resilience and ability to protect each other, to defend democracy, and to organize unfailingly for justice, equity and dignity. 
As we anticipate the holiday season and create new ways to connect and celebrate this time, let’s remember the joy and love present in our hearts and in our communities. Let us also make space for grief and honor the memories of those who have passed away this year. May we feel the unseen but real threads that binds us all. We are not alone. We are powerful. Our communities are powerful. And we belong to each other. 
In this season, may you find restorative space to lean into what you love and what makes you feel connected. May we find strength in our faith, and in the foundation of our families, friends and the people who came before us. While there is much work ahead, may we also make room to breathe and rest, and time to connect with our community and those we love. 
 Yours in love and care,
 Susan

Sermon Title: It Takes Practice 

Join us on Sunday, November 22nd, as we explore the idea of practice. Our favorite songs, whoever the artist or whatever the style, were created in a strange alchemy of study and inspiration, of strict practice and of letting go. Spiritual Practice is a similar combination of dedication, muscle memory, and perhaps a little divine inspiration. Join us for a musical exploration of learning to risk, building the muscle memory of courage, and the spiritual practice of relationship when things around us are changing fast.
Speaker: Matt Meyer
Service Leader: Mike Holland
Special Musician: Matt Meyer
Media: Gene Brown and Mike Holland

Welcome Matt Meyer

Matt is a musician and worship leader who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree in hand drumming and serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston.


Nov. 29 Rev. Dr. Kate Greysen 
Dec. 6 Micheal Carter
Dec. 13 Sally Beth 
Dec. 20 Holiday Service
Dec. 27 John Bloom-Ramirez

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Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
  

November Birthdays   

The whole month is their Birthday month so feel  free to continue to share with everyone or anyone throughout the whole month:


  • Walter Burnett  November 8
  • Maethel Shindelman  November 16
  • Rodney Roe  November 22
  • DanTeslow  November 22
  • Bob Schroeder  November 29
Please accept my apologies. I did not record Joys and Concerns last week. Chalk it up to first-week stumbles. I will record them this week. - Shalimar
The Finance Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, December 1st at 5:30 pm. Anyone interested in aiding in the planning of next year's budget, as well as exploring updates and formulation of financial policies is encouraged to attend. 

 Topic: Finance Committee Meeting

Time: Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
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Contemplative Dialog – This Sunday, November 22nd, 9:30-10:30am  

Our next fourth Sunday, monthly zoom meeting of Contemplative Dialog will be Sunday, November 22nd, 9:30-10:30am.  A topic will be announced at the session followed by 7 minutes of silent contemplation.  We will then share our thoughts.  Come join us for this open discussion where everyone’s opinion is welcomed and respected.  We have much to learn from each other and our discussions enable us to get to know each other better.  
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This program is open to all and we hope you can join us.  Bring a friend.  No reservations necessary.  828 524-3691.

Cornucopia For Those Who May Need Help

It is that time of year when it is good to plan and be prepared to help our homeless brothers and sisters. 
Fill a waterproof, ziplock, freezer (for strength) gallon bag with food, supplies and cash if you are able.  You could be the saving grace in someone's life. 
Keep a few of these emergency provisions bags in your car to hand out when you see someone in need.
 
Some of the most highly recommended items are:
Food:  
     A bottle of water (plastic because it is lightweight)
     A juice box
     Easy open food such as tuna in a pouch, cheese crackers
          or if you pack a can, be sure it has a pull top
Clothes:
     #1 requested is socks
     stretchy gloves are also a good idea
Grooming products:
     travel sizes toothpaste and toothbrush
     body wipes, deodorant, travel sizes soap and shampoo 
 
The important idea here is to plan ahead and make your care packages now. Keep them in your car. Then the next time you see someone you will be prepared to help.
UUs think UU kids and grandkids are the especially precocious. In one UU church the preschoolers were having fun drawing. One boy was so intent on his work that it caught the teacher's attention. The teacher asked, "What are you drawing?" Without hesitation the child replied, "God". "That is wonderful, but no one know what God looks like." The boy kept on intently working saying, "They will in a minute."
Submitted by Warren Riley

UUFF Thanksgiving Dinner, on Zoom 

Thursday, November 26th 

1pm Social Gathering 

2pm Dinner 

 This year our UUFF Thanksgiving Dinner will be via Zoom. We will gather in our own homes at 1:00pm for conversation and games. Dinner (of our own making) will be served (by each of us) at 2:00pm enjoying Zoom interaction. Following dinner, we can play some games. 

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Our Fellowship is having monthly zoom Circle Dinners, so this month's circle dinner is our Thanksgiving Dinner. We were first introduced to Zoom dining at the Southern UU Summer Institute (SUUSI) this summer. It is a wonderful way to meet new people and stay in contact with old friends.

Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach-in ONLINE 

November 19-26, 2020 

Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association, UU Ministry for Earth, UUSC, & many partners 
In 2016, Unitarian Universalists voted to pay special attention to learning our history and rethinking Thanksgiving in the year 2020, in observance of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth. Now is an especially good time to gather and to celebrate Thanksgiving differently, given that our usual travels and traditions for the holiday must be put off or canceled because of the global pandemic. Sign up your congregation or community to participate, and help spread the word about the many powerful programs and community documentary film screenings being offered for the Harvest the Power Justice Convergence and Teach-In. 
Lasta modifo: Thursday, 19 November 2020, 4:46 PM